Occupational safety is required for many businesses and organizations under the rules of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. Employers and workers do not have to rely only upon the substantial training resources posted online by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Many websites in the private sector and in the nonprofit sector provide free online training materials for consumers. Online documents, tools and presentations are easy to access, download, print, adapt or use for workplace needs.
OSHAcademy offers free online safety training courses through a partnership with the National Safety Management Society. This website offers courses that users go through page by page and downloadable study guides for each course. Courses include safety information organized in course modules, online quizzes and a final exam. Students can also enroll in the course for a fee (if desired) and apply the credit to a professional certificate program. They can also remit a small fee for a completion certificate via email or shipping.
Safety Skills offers five free safety courses on its website. The topics are basic fire safety, flammable and combustible liquids, basic electrical safety, material handling, and slips, trips and falls. Each course is narrated and illustrated using high-quality images. Users watch the safety presentation, including animation and graphics, and listen to the narrator using the speakers on the personal computer. Employers may also purchase web-based training solutions from this provider.
National Safety Council
The National Safety Council offers free downloadable PDFs and online demonstrations of training courses. Like the OSHAcademy, the user takes a skills assessment and orders a certificate of completion, if desired. Free demonstrations are available for these topics--defensive driving, professional truck driver, Alive at 25 Parent Training (for parents of teenage drivers), motorcycle safety, CPR/first aid/AED, coaching the emergency vehicle operator (fire and ambulance) and ergonomics.